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VU Hoops 3 hours ago
Hawk is Dead: Villanova dominates St. Joseph’s, 81-52

Hawk is Dead: Villanova dominates St. Joseph’s, 81-52

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ Once again, the Hawk is Dead. With a blowout 81-52 win over St. Joseph’s at the Pavilion, No. 6 Villanova has won 10-straight against the rival Hawks since 2012. It is also the Wildcat’s ninth-straight double-digit win against St. Joe’s. With the victory, Nova’ improves to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in Big 5 play. In the first half, the game was closer than the final score might indicate. Following a Jordan Hall jumper for St. Joe’s, Villanova’s once-15-point cushion became just six with 4:08 left in the first half. But, Collin Gillespie...
VU Hoops 6 hours ago
SJU: Game Chat

SJU: Game Chat

Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Saturday, December 5, 2021 12pm ET #6 Villanova Wildcats (5-2) vs. St. Joseph's Hawks (4-3) KenPom: Villanova: 6 | St. Joe's: 203 Finneran Pavilion Where: Villanva, PA TV/Streaming: FS1 Watch on FuboTV Odds by DraftKings: Villanova -OFF Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Villanova looks to go 3-0 in the Big 5 with a third consecutive game against a Philadelphia opponent as they host the St. Joe’s Hawks. This is your game thread for...
VU Hoops Dec 3, 2021
Wright: Three Wildcats are game-day decisions, Mikal Bridges love, Bryan Antoine update

Wright: Three Wildcats are game-day decisions, Mikal Bridges love, Bryan Antoine update

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports The Villanova Wildcats are continuing to fight against a virus. As Villanova prepares to return home to play the Saint Joseph’s Hawks in a Big 5 rivalry game, the Wildcats are also dealing with another opponent that’s been plaguing them the last couple of weeks: a virus that is impacting the team. Head coach Jay Wright has not disclosed the identity of the virus or who has it, but noted that three players will be a game-day decision for Saturday’s matinee matchup with the Hawks. “We’ve been dealing with a virus since the Purdue...
VU Hoops Dec 3, 2021
TGIFriday Links

TGIFriday Links

Friday shows a return of links... Villanova Basketball Mikal Bridges might be Defensive Player of the year | USA TodayMikal Bridges locked Steph Curry up. At the very least, he deserves to be considered for DPOY. After myocarditis bout, Caleb Daniels getting back to form for Villanova | Delco TimesAfter spending the better part of five months completely shut down due to myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart caused by a bout with COVID-19, Caleb Daniels is rounding into form for Villanova. St. Joseph’s finds a new gear ahead of Villanova matchup | Philly.comBy not looking...
VU Hoops Dec 3, 2021
Villanova Basketball 2021-22 game preview: Saint Joseph’s Hawks

Villanova Basketball 2021-22 game preview: Saint Joseph’s Hawks

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Rivalry renewed! The Villanova Wildcats (5-2) return home (and back on Fox Sports 1) for a Saturday matinee against Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks (4-3) are entering with back-to-back wins over Georgetown and Binghamton, which brought them back over the .500 mark. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET. Will the Kanacevic curse live on? As we approach the nine-year anniversary of St. Joe’s alum Halil Kanacevic’s moment of infamy, will the curse continue? For a refresher — or story time for the current students and those who...
VU Hoops Dec 2, 2021
Three Takeaways from Villanova’s Win Over Penn

Three Takeaways from Villanova’s Win Over Penn

The ‘Cats pulled away from the Quakers but it wasn’t pretty The #6 Villanova Wildcats secured a 71-56 win last night against the Pennsylvania Quakers. While a win is a win, this one highlighted some issues that have lingered for the Wildcats thus far in this early season. Let’s dive in. The Offense is Broken In the past, Villanova has been able to generate quality shots via crisp ball movement that exploited a moving defense. Eventually, the ball would find the open man and “splash.” However, before any of that started, the defense needed a reason to move in the first...
VU Hoops Dec 2, 2021
State of the Nova Nation: Gillespie’s Big Night, Upcoming Holy War, Mailbag and more!

State of the Nova Nation: Gillespie’s Big Night, Upcoming Holy War, Mailbag and more!

VU Hoops Collin Gillespie explodes on offense and the ‘Cats improve to 2-0 in Big 5 play. The podcast is also available for free on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher and Spotify (a bit later in the day)! You may also listen to the newest episode at the very bottom of the post. Episode Description: Emma and Pat break down Villanova’s 71-56 win over Penn as the ‘Cats improve to 2-0 in Big 5 play. The duo talk about Gillespie’s offensive explosion and how he continues to pad his award-winning season. Despite other offensive struggles, Brandon...
VU Hoops Dec 1, 2021
#6 Villanova struggles past Penn 71-56

#6 Villanova struggles past Penn 71-56

‘Cats grab ugly Big 5 win but major issues linger The #6 Villanova Wildcats defeated the Pennsylvania Quakers 71-56 on Wednesday night at the Palestra. While a win is a win, this one will not do much to assuage the concerns of Villanova fans. While the ‘Cats held a 33-21 lead at the half, it was a pretty ugly first half of basketball, specifically on the offensive end. Collin Gillespie finished the first half with 13 points on 4-8 shooting, including 3-5 from deep, while Brandon Slater chipped in 9 of his own. However, Justin Moore could not find his stroke early - going...
VU Hoops Dec 1, 2021
PENN: The Game Chat

PENN: The Game Chat

Set Number: X161842 TK1 Wednesday, December 1, 2021 7pm ET #6 Villanova Wildcats (4-2) vs. Penn Quakers (3-6) KenPom: Villanova: 7 | Penn: 203 The Palestra Where: Philadelphia, PA TV/Streaming: ESPN+ Watch on FuboTV Odds by DraftKings: Villanova -OFF Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Villanova looks to go 2-0 in the Big 5 with a second consecutive game at The Palestra against the Penn Quakers. This is your game thread for discussion. Have fun...and remember, we cannot condone the posting of illegal...
VU Hoops Nov 30, 2021
Game Preview: Penn Quakers

Game Preview: Penn Quakers

Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports The ‘Cats are back in the Palestra for another Big 5 game. The Villanova Wildcats (4-2) are back in the Palestra for another Big 5 game. After a wire-to-wire win over La Salle on Sunday, the Wildcats return to the cathedral of college basketball on Wednesday night, but this time it’ll be a true road game. They’ll face off against the Penn Quakers (3-6) for the first time since the 2019-20 season. Penn is coming off of back-to-back losses to Towson and Arkansas. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Penn is back! The Quakers’ return to...
VU Hoops Nov 30, 2021
Three takeaways from the Wildcats’ blowout of La Salle

Three takeaways from the Wildcats’ blowout of La Salle

Photo by Rob Carr/ It wasn’t always pretty but this Nova team again proved its toughness and relentlessness. Villanova was able to avoid consecutive losses again and get back on track in an easy win over La Salle all the while getting back a familiar face. A 26-point win over the Explorers may not seem vital in terms of gauging how far this team can go but every game counts. Every game also offers more insight to what the team excels at and where they can improve. Dada’s Moment Firstly, let’s all give Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree a round of applause. He’s a national...
VU Hoops Nov 30, 2021
State of the Nova Nation: Battling with the Big 5

State of the Nova Nation: Battling with the Big 5

VU Hoops We break down ‘Nova’s return to Big 5 play and what Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree’s return to the court means for the Wildcats. The podcast is also available for free on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher and Spotify (a bit later in the day)! You may also listen to the newest episode at the very bottom of the post. Episode Description: Emma and Pat give their biggest takeaways from Villanova’s beatdown of La Salle on Sunday night, from Eric Dixon’s continued improvement to ‘Nova’s stifling first half defense to Caleb Daniels’ resurgence...
VU Hoops Nov 29, 2021
‘Nova moves up to #6

‘Nova moves up to #6

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ In a slow week that saw Villanova claim a single victory over the La Salle Explorers by 26 and previously ranked Kansas lose to an unranked Dayton team, the Wildcats moved up in the poll to #6. Duke is the nation’s newest #1 with their victory over previous top-ranked Gonzaga- who is now #2. Purdue, Baylor, and UCLA round out the top 5. The BIG EAST is also represented by UConn at #17 and Seton Hall at #25. Xavier dropped out of the Top 25, but is still collecting votes alongside Marquette. Villanova next plays at Penn on Wednesday; tipoff is...
VU Hoops Nov 28, 2021
Big 5 Beatdown: ‘Cats run through La Salle 72-46

Big 5 Beatdown: ‘Cats run through La Salle 72-46

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The ‘Cats give a dominant defensive performance to open Big Five play. Big 5 basketball is back for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Villanova Wildcats picked up from where they left off: with a win. They dominated in wire-to-wire fashion on Sunday night by smothering and pushing around La Salle in a 72-46 victory. Nova had their best defensive showing of the season, impressively holding La Salle to under 50. Nova out rebounded La Salle 50-30, while holding the Explorers to under 30% shooting and only allowing 1...
VU Hoops Nov 28, 2021
La Salle: The Game Chat

La Salle: The Game Chat

Photo by Hunter Martin/ Sunday, November 28, 2021 6pm ET #7 Villanova Wildcats (3-2) vs. La Salle Explorers (2-2) KenPom: Villanova: 6 | La Salle: 218 The Palestra Where: Philadelphia, PA TV/Streaming: ESPN2 Watch on FuboTV Odds by DraftKings: Villanova -18 Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details. Villanova looks to return to their winning ways as they travel to The Palestra to take on the La Salle Explorers in the first game of the Wildcats’ Big 5 schedule. This is your game thread for discussion. Have...

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